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roles nato and the united states will play in the military operation in libya. here's what's happening. within the past hour nato announced it made a deal to take over enforcement of the no-fly zone over libya, but there's still a lot of disagreement about how aggressive the military operation will be. less than an hour ago the secretary-general told them there's no deal on protecting libyan civilians from moammar gadhafi's ground forces. >> we have taken on responsibility for the no-fly zone while the coalition still continues its activities. we are considering whether we should take on that broader responsibility. however, that decision has not been made yet. >> to help us interpret this paula newton is at nato headquarters in bell ygium. the nato secretary-general said that nato will enforce the no-fly zone, but a decision is still yet to be made on the broader mission. so what does that really mean? >> what it means is this. they call this here no-fly plus. the no-fly will be in place by sunday night. the plus means an expanded role. they sent a directive saying how can we involved
of state hillary clinton. we're also standing by for a statement from the nato secretary-general in brussels. stand by for that. >>> moammar gadhafi is still on the attack, on this the sixth night of pounding by the coalition forces. an explosion and anti-aircraft fire echos in tripoli just a little while ago. could the outrageous failure at reagan happen again? the fallout, the danger at two planes coming in for a landing radioed the control tower and got no answer. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." let's begin with the breaking news. the united states may be closer to giving up its lead role in the fight to protect lickance from gadhafi's forces. right now there's new uncertainty, though, about a tentative deal for nato to take command of the mission. we have lots of questions about how this might play out and how it might affect the overall goal of seeing gadhafi go away. the secretary of state hillary clinton will make a statement a little more that an hour from now. we'll of course have live coverage. we're standing by to hear a statement any moment f
. and the latest on the arrangement with nato. we will bring that to you live as soon as it begins. the french born minister says the coalition in libya could last days or weeks but not months. this is as the questions remain about the breadth and scope of american involve in the the mission. jennifer griffin is at the pentagon. >> we can report that we can confirm the nato secretary general announced a deal has been reached with bruce sells to put command and control in libyan operation under the nato command. that has hatched in the last minute or so. we got off the phone with brussels. secretary of state clinton will make the announce in the the coming minutes and she plans to travel to london next tuesday. french war plane stepped up the air stripe over libya. they destroy ad libbian pain. a military trainer that french defense officials say had just landed at an airfield. >> there is no evidence that they have taken steps to carry out the obligation on the resolutions 1970 to 1973. we may be prepared to take additional measures. >> 14 more tomahawk missiles were filed as they said they were ta
." >> a decision at last. nato agrees to take control of enforcing the no-fly zone over libya. >> the allies are committed to fulfill their obligations on the u.n. security council resolution. that is why we have decided to assume responsibility for the no-fly zone. >> the united nations says that the libyan government must declare a cease-fire or face further security council action. fighting on the ground continues for -- as the libyan leader bombarding rebel positions. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in the u.k. and around the world. syria's government offers reform after recent protests erupt into violence. a final farewell to a hollywood legend. mourners paid their last respects at the funeral of elizabeth taylor. welcome to bbc news. after days of disagreement and confusion, nato has agreed to take over enforcing the no-fly zone over libya. the secretary general says that the mandate of the alliance would not extend beyond that. there would be a separate coalition operation. the u.s. secretary of state said that plans for the united arab emirates will be joining be enf
." >>> it decision at last, nato agrees to take control of enforcing the no-fly zone over libya. >> all nato allies are fulfilling this resolution, and that is why we have decided to assume responsibility for the no-fly zone. >> the united nations says the libyan government must declare a cease-fire or face of further action. fighting on the ground continues as forces loyal to the libyan leader bombarded mombasa. welcome to "bbc world news" in the u.k. and around the world. also ahead, syria offers reforms after bitter protests erupt into violence. mourners paid their last respects for elizabeth taylor. >>> after days of disagreement and confusion, nato has agreed to take control over enforcing the no-fly zone over libya. they said the mandates of the alliance would not extend beyond that and there would still be a separate coalition operation. if you hours ago, u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton said airplanes from the united arab emirates would be joining the no-fly zone. >> final preparations for these french pilots as they contemplate another mission over libya. france was at the forefront
statement on nato. >> shepard: continuing coverage of breaking news from the fox report tonight. we're waiting for the secretary of state hillary clinton to give us the details on the handover of control of the war in libya. tonight, no-fly zone defined. the jets taken out. a warplane opening fire on an aircraft that violated libyan airspace. we'll show you what happened. and we know qaddafi likes his tents. but it turns out he also has a thing for actual homes. dozens of homes. tonight, hunting qaddafi's secret hideout. was an air traffic controller really asleep on the job? >> there is nobody in the tower. >> shepard: passenger jets getting no help as they tried to land at a major airport. >> is there a reason it's not manned? >> shepard: the pilots got no answers and now the federal government has some questions for that controller. plus, small signs of support for the 9/11 memorial. >> i think it's just a matter of, hay, we haven't forgotten. >> we were all changed, whether you were living in new york or living across the country. >> shepard: tonight, on the rise of freedom. how
was mechanical failure. and it is agreed that nato should play a key role in imposing the no-fly zone over libya. the president of yemen says he will step down at the end of the year, but warns of civil war if he is forced of office. in japan, we take you inside the nuclear contamination zone. and the changing face of the royal family in the netherlands. why did the dutch bank about the monarchy? -- what do the dutch think about their monarchy? hello and welcome. fighting continues in libya despite coalition forces entering their fourth night of bombings from the air. forces loyal to gaddafi continue to attack several towns including misurata and near tripoli. -- including ms. brought up near tripoli. the situation in misrata is said to be desperate the coalition is considering all options in light of these attacks. our first correspondent is alan little in tripoli. >> the sudden, metallic flood of the impact. it is the repair workshop on the base of the tripoli shore. 19 hours after the blast, it was still smoking, the acrid stench catching and in your throat. you can see where the missiles str
la vitz standing by at the state department. >> there's a deal in principle between nato allies for washington to hand over control of the flow fly zone to nato within the next few days. we just heard about a phone call between hillary clinton and the foreign ministers of france, turkey, the uk all working to try and get washington to hand over this command. we know that president obama has said he really wants to hand over as soon as possible. we're expecting more details from the secretary janl rasmussen, but we're expecting that nato will be taking command maybe sometime over the weekend. >> there had been some question as to whether handing over to nato would be problematic in the view of arab countries, countries in the mideast. do you know how that might be resolved? >> well, this is one of the things that's been the interesting back story, joe, is that the french have said that the arabs don't want nato to take over this command because they feel it would be some kind of western crusade. arabs we've talked to say they don't have a problem with nato command. a lot of arab
will be discussed at a meeting of nato defense ministers later this week. joining me from brussels is a nato secretary general rasmussen. thank you for joining me, mr. rasmussen. we will come to the no-fly zone in a moment the give me your impressions of colonel gaddafi's position as leader of this turbulent country. >> it is absolutely outrageous what we are witnessing now in libya. the systematic attacks against the civilian population may, as stated by the u.n. security council, amount to crimes against humanity. i would like to stress that the government of libya has a responsibility to protect its own population. >> we are hearing reports that this isn't happening, that many civilians are being caught up in of the fighting. it implies to me that international pressure is building on yourself as we see your members divided, especially over the issue of a no-fly zone. >> nato stands united. we have asked our military authorities to conduct a prudent planning for all eventualities. however, nato has no intention to intervene. i would assume that any operational role would be in accordance
baltimore sun," -- nato to take the lead. what do you think about the nato and u.s. role in libya? the numbers to call -- send us your tweets and we will read them. coverage of the nato-u.s. relationship in libya. allied forces hit a libyan jet that ventured into the air. taking a look at "the washington post" coverage. they are starting out with "obama pressed for clarity over libya." coming from both parties in congress, as well as others, to get some sense of where the u.s. is going with this. let's get to the phones and hear what you think. lydia in maryland. democrats' line. caller: i think it is great he is turning over command of the no-fly zone to nato. he said the united states would not be in the lead and it is about time it takes responsibility. more of the gulf states are contributing airplanes to the no-fly zone. i saw last night that night thatqatar, united arab emirates, contributing planes to the no- fly zone. that is great. they can do that. since the united states does not taking the lead and attacking another muslim country. host: janet in new york on the indepe
by nato the european bank. it was easy to do that. it was important. usa contributed. the european union and the g-8 members and mainly usa. the three together. and i hope they act together in a complementary effort, to help this transition. to respect the change -- including the condition -- you what progress? i can help you. the marshall plan, ok. don't forget that the marshall plan, there was some conditionality. i think it's logical if the u.s.a. and others say, ok, we're interested by your process. europe -- by the progress of tunisia. if there is this possibility, i am sure we can win together. it means that we need some new initiative. new speech by president obama. maybe. i am not taking notes of all this. new meeting for future. the g-8 effort, and it will be now maybe more successful, because before the egyptians, the two nations and others were unisians andwo na others -- there is the possibility to create, to take note of this evolution. the transitions and to create a new arab world. everyone said in washington or in paris, we do not want to impose. we just want to -- i do n
nato has agreed in principle to not only take over the no-fly zone, but also the broader mission of protecting civilians. he said it's all going to happen very soon. here's what general carter hamm said today on "the situation room." >> we expect that nato will take over the no-fly zone this weekend, and then the next piece, the third and final piece, is the mission to protect civilians. nato, it's my understanding that nato has agreed to that in principle and will this command decide on the procedures and timing of accepting that mission. but i think that will probably occur in the very near future. >> ham also said that removing moammar gadhafi from power by military means is not the aim of the mission and the coalition isn't arming the opposition. but the coalition strikes on gadhafi's mechanism of power continue. authorities say coalition fighter planes took out seven libyan tanks in 24 hours. in fact, we got this video from the british ministry of defense showing british aircraft droiing those libyan regime tanks. and this, canadian forces bombing a gadhafi weapons depot. ju
be a short amount of time that the u.s. would take the lead role. now that nato said over the weekend that they would be in control and in command, this is a pivot point for the president to lay out and one other number in the poll that you mentioned, when asked how long the u.s. will be in a lead role, that they are involved in this conflict, 60% saying for some time and 33% saying it will be pretty quick. it's the opposite of the message that the president wants to get across tonight and then the second point is what you mentioned about whether or not there is some sort of libya precedent, that if the u.s. sees a situation in the northeast, in africa, will they intervene. white house officials got that question today. will you intervene? no, they say. they are not doing any planning for any military in syria. they are taking this on a case by case basis but there's going to be more pressure with this intervention in libya for the u.s. to get involved in other conflicts around the world, john. >> ed henry will also be with us. let's go to two men well aware of the pressures facing th
. there's a no-fly zone over libya, and the nato aircraft have taken out much of the heavy army of the libyan army, the armo but that doesn't seem to really put a dent in their ability to send the rebels where they want. >> i want you to stand by, ben. reuters is reporting that president obama has signed a secret order authorizing covert support for rebel forces. i want to talk to ben wedeman about that. let's talk about that also with retired u.s. army general george jalwan, the nato allied supreme commander. if in fact this is true that the president in recent days, maybe the past week or two, signed a covert action order, a finding, as they call it, to secretly assist the rebels who are fighting gadhafi's forces, what does that say to you? >> first of all, i have no knowledge of whether he signed a finding or not. it may be one of two things, may be an actual sort of action or it could be keep pressure on gadhafi to really feel the heat that he's feeling now with the resignation of his foreign minister and also with what i think is what is happening in london where the intern
. >> because of that, the opposition says it desperately needs help from the united states and nato. but the native allies made clear that no military options are imminent. >> if there were to be a need for enforcement, there would need to be a new u.n. security council resolution. >> another nato meeting is scheduled in five days, but the bottom line tonight for now, the anti-gadhafi forces, well, they're largely on their own. let's begin our up-close look in the balance of power tonight with our senior international correspondent nick robinson. he's in the capital of tripoli. >> nick, if you listen to the battles and you listen to the words of gadhafi, one gets the impression the regime not only feels it has the upper hand but the balance has shifted dramatically. >> they really feel they're on a roll. they're talking about making the next big town an important oil town, and they're talking about rolling advances from where they are right now, so they are feeling confident. and gadhafi sort of rallied the youth. this was another arranged speech with a lot of young men who were des
disagreement and days of talks, nato agrees to take over the no-fly zone over libya. >> tremorsal felt as far away as bangkok. welcome to "bbc world news." also in this program, anti-government protesters in yemeni prepare for what they say will be their biggest demonstration so far. and a jury in hong kong finds her -- finds a woman guilty of murdering her husband after poisoning his milk shake. >> hello, safety officials in japan shea they expect the reactor core may have been breached. it raises the possibility of more tadges in the environment. the test of the water at the plant's number three reactor showed contamination 10 times higher than normal levels. they say the cause is still being looked at. >> at this point, we do not consider we are facing a new situation. rather, the certain level of radioactive materials may have leaked, as i have always mentioned. and we are currently looking at whether the leakage is from the reactor or from other parts. and we need to exam the situation. >> let's go live to our correspondents in japan. one of the towns worst-affected. but first let's go t
expressed confidence the u.s. would say be able to step back from its lead role in the mission. nato leaders are deliberating in muscles to decide on the extent of the reliances libelous in libya. >> they have been talking for three days now and still have not managed to sort out this command issue. what is the problem? >> it is becoming a bit a marathon here. sically, youave two camps. one led by the british believe that nato, as the military arm of western leader defense, should take the lead in an operational role, running military strategy, but one of the key players in this libyan assault says backed by turkey and germany, it opposes the idea that nato should be the lead player because they believe it would underline it -- undermine the support of the arab league. inste, they say to let nida have a technical, but they will run military strategy of cells. that is the deadlock. that was expected to be both -- fix tonight. has not been. there are expected to be more talks. meanwhile, the president says americans want to pull back from a primary role. a stalemate, but nato will continue t
coalition air strikes in libya is in the works now this hour. the terms and limits of nato's new role. what it means for the mission and for u.s. forces. libyan rebels now have a new hope of pushing back moammar gadhafi's fighters. we'll tell you about a man who sacrificed his life to help the opposition. plus, the dangers and challenges in the disaster zone of japan. brian todd has an account of the search and rescuers. and our crew, what all of them experienced in the quake and tsunami wreckage. welcome to our viewers in the united states and around the world. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." [ explosion ] >>> first to a key battleground city where rebels are making headway in the battle to seize controlle from moammar gadhafi. here's cnn's arwa damon. >> reporter: this does look a bit more organized than we have seen the opposition on the front line in the past. we find the front line a short distance away from the northern entrance to ajdabiya. gadhafi's troops still control it and the western road. so you're saying these air strikes destroyed three tanks -- gadhafi tan
. the pentagon said today they're working to hand off control to nato by this weekend. what happened? i thought we were taking too long. in libya, after another intense round of air strikes, coalition forces appear to be making headway on breaking the grip of pro gadhafi forces and the grip that they had on some of those cities. what happened? i thought it wasn't working. in misrata, rebel fighters reported the air strikes helped them drive gadhafi's forces out of the city, including forcing his warships to flee, whereby unblocking the port. what happened? i thought it wasn't working. i thought we had to panic in less than a week. a war plane violated over a no-fly zone in the city of misrata. it seems as if president obama is on the verge of staying true to his word when he promised the hand off of command in libya and it would happen in a matter of days. now, do you think republicans are going to give him any credit for that? of course not! it's been less than a week since coalition forces started the military operation in libya and the republicans, like former defense secretary donald rumsfe
relationship than we do with our nato allies in europe. that relationship continues to grow. when i first started working on missile defense issues around 1997, our nato and european allies were very skeptical, to say the least. but there's been a huge change in europe's attitude. and particularly nato's attitude toward missile defense. i've been impressed with my counterparts and the discussions with them in my european and nato meetings by how much and how quickly they have embraced territorial mission defense as a mission there are more key components to our approach that we are applying to our missile defense architecture in europe. we want to protect all of europe, not just some of europe. we want our european allies and friends to buy into the european phased approach and it's not something we want to impose on them. that's not just what friends do. finally, we have discussed potential missiles defense action between united states and russia and nato and russia. we want russia in the missile defense tent rather than outside the tent. last year in november, in lisbon, allied leaders
clinton announced this evening nato will take control of military operations in libya. -- >> we have agreed with long with our nato allies to transition command and control for the no-fly zone over libya to nato. all 28 allies have also now authorized military authorities to develop an operations plan for nato to take on the broader civilian protection mission, unrest lose 1973. >> sean: the u.s. will continue to lead the allied effort against gadhafi and the regime until transfer of power is complete. u.s. warplanes will continue strike missions. for the latest on the ground we go to steve harrigan live in tripoli. >> reporter: sean, for the sixth night in a row we've had more strikes and counterattacks. two loud explosions coming five hours ago. apparently, a military barracks east of tripoli was the target. anti-aircraft fire pup in the air, red tracer bullets filling the sky from mobile guns in the back of pick-up trucks in different parts around the city. a long shot for them to hit any of the jets in the sky. as far as the fighter jets, today a french jet knocked down the first
explain to us today -- yesterday about nato, above and beyond the command structure issues and military operations, and did you feel today that europe is totally united as to the diplomatic and political fallout for libya? what a the next pages? >> the next page is on london -- in london. but for that summit, mr. cameron and i will probably suggest a common way forward in order to do things stage by stage. but next is the london summit on tuesday with the members of the coalition. we will talk about the next ages. >> is there going to be of franco-prussian plan? >> noaa, but the situation -- a solution cannot simply be military. it will have to be diplomatic and political, even themough goddafi's apparent ability to listen to reason made it important for us to invade militarily. >> when france internet of, it was hit with an idea of developing their defensive capabilities of your. but now all of our partners want to rush to the nato umbrella even though we have our own back garden. you feel that the defense ha principals are a long less rigid long-lost concept? >> i do not know what i h
weapons of the nato alliance, like this air strike by britain. and yet, u.s. military officials concede today that the libyan regime is still determined to fight and reinforced its positions in the eastern cities fwh including ajdabiya. the occasion says gadhafi is trying to recruit and arm volunteers to fight rebel forces. the libyan strongman defiant as nato moves to take over command of the libyan mission. the top u.s. commander of the operation tells me that nato has now agreed in principle to not only take charge of the no-fully zone but to also to protect libyan civilians as well. the details will be worked out, he says, over the next few erda. general carter ham sending a message directly to gadhafi. here in "the situation room," we spoke just a littlewhilego and i had this exchange with him. cnn is seen live around the world, including in libya. and officer your military-to-military -- the officers surrounding gadhafi might be watching right now, gadhafi might be watching, his sons might be watching. look into atthe camera. what would you say to them right now, officer t officer
>> to watch in the journal on dw-tv. our top stories at this hour, divisions within nato over the libyan mission, as the alliance agrees an arms embargo over muammar gaddafi. protest continue in yemen. and the fear of food and water contaminated as cleanup continues, near the fukushima water plant. the coalition enforcing a no-fly zone over libya has launched more raids on strategic targets, belonging to muammar gaddafi. his troops continued to battle rebel forces in several towns despite the room u.n. resolution demanding he stop killing. nato is still wrangling or who should run the campaign after the u.s. steps back. president obama and france's nicholas sarkozy have a and currently come to an agreement over how france should participate in the mission, but no word yet on when france will be taking over. one thing that has been agreed upon is that the arms embargo must be enforced. >> nato has committed to enforcing the arms embargo by air and by sea. hips and aircraft will patrol the air and coastal waters in an attempt to stem the mercenaries joining the gaddafi regime. r
40 died op wednesday. -- on wednesday. and more fighting and the nearby town of benjuwad. nato members will discuss the international summons to the violence and the bbc's north america, following that side of the story. >> in the mediterranean, there's no shortage of american military might. an aircraft carrier, and its strike group are just off libyan fighters and now nato has ordered 24-hour air surveillance. crinlt. but it's reluctant to give a political lead. >> nato is not looking to intervene in libya. but we have our -- asked our military to conduct the necessary planning for all eventualities. >> president obama has a stark dilemma. his mission has been to pronlt a new america after -- to project a nu america after iraq, and very aware that gaddafi has accused the u.s. of planning a no-fly zone to steal libyan oil and some opposition groups are just as wary. >> this is not about the united states. it's not about western powers, european powers. it's about the people of the region and in this case the people of libya. >> obama's dilemma is that doing nothing runs a terr
targeted mission. gwen: and now nato steps in. >> we have taken on responsibility for the no-fly zone, while the coalition continues its activities. gwen: but does gaddafi stay or does he go? will congress go along with the plan? and what dominoes are set to fall next? covering the story this week -- helene cooper of "the new york times." doyle mcmanus of the "los angeles times." gloria borger of cnn. and john dickerson of "slate" magazine and cbs news. >> award-winning reporting and analysis. covering history as it happens. live from our nations capital. this is "washington week" with gwen ifill, produced in association with "national journal." corporate funding for washington week is provided by -- >> we know why we're here. to connect our forces to what they need, when they need it. >> to help troops see danger. before it sees them. >> to answer the call of the brave. and bring them safely home. >> around the globe, the people of boeing are working together to support and protect all who serve. >> that's why we're here. >> a line is a powerful thing. it connects the global economy
advance. >> and as nato takes full control of operations, we'll look at a new initiative to broker a cease-fire. >> hello, welcome to "g.m.t.," bringing you a world of news and opinion. also in this program -- highly radioactive water inside japan's crippled nuclear plant could indicate a partial meltdown of one of the reactors. and a third of a million cars lost from production, japan's car industry reopens a handful of plants. it's midday here in london and 2:00 p.m. across libya, where the rebels march west in developing a new momentum, thanks to the allied air strikes. they've been able to advance into colonel gaddafi's heartland without meeting much resistance. let's go to ben brown in eastern libya. >> you join us here right by the coastal highway that leads to sirte. now, we're just outside ras lanuf which has a huge oil refinery, which is firm until rebel hands. they captured it yesterday. then they moved to a town of bin jawad, which they also captured. today they're claiming they captured sirte, the hometown of colonel gaddafi. that is being disputed by news agency reporters on t
within the nato alliance about the libya mission. >> brown: from japan, we get the latest on the cleanup in the hard-hit city of sendai. >> it might not seem much to you, but believe me it's a huge step that you now can actually drive up at the airport's departure terminal. >> ifill: and judy woodruff interviews japan's ambassador to the u.s., ichiro fujisaki. >> brown: special correspondent steve sapienza reports from bangladesh on the struggle to meet the basic needs of an exploding population. >> dahka is one of the world's fastest growing cities and one of the poorest. with 2,000 newcomers daily the struggle to find clean water in the slums often has life threatening consequences. >> ifill: and ray suarez examines what a merger between at&t and t-mobile would mean for consumers and the wireless industry. that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: >> oil companies have changed my country. >> oil companies can make a difference. >> we have the chance to build the economy. >> create jobs, keep people healthy and improve schools. >> a
nato countries can offer to peacekeeping missions as we talk with the center for strategic and international studies. ♪ host: speaker john boehner buying a compromise on the budget battle. the house republicans are reaching out to democrats with a proposal to cut $26 billion for the remaining six months of the fiscal year, on top of $10 billion already in law. it is not as much as many conservative republicans would like to see. first, we want to begin this morning getting your thoughts on the assassination attempt on the late president ronald reagan. today marks the 30th anniversary of that event. where were you when that happened? how did it change your life? if you are a democrat, and they all [unintelligible] readin this headline from "usa today," the article says this -- underneath that article, a separate paragraph says secret service splices big after that assassination attempt. it lead to lasting changes in the way the secret service protect present -- protect presidents. it also says the agency incorporates far more technology for protecting the president against
, nato will take over the responsibility of protecting libyan civilians. so has military action turned the tide? general myers, from a military perspective, is it satisfactory and clear enough for the military leaders that you have the president saying we don't want regime change, but we do want gadhafi gone? >> i think so far so good. i think we're putting all our bets on the opposition and as senator graham said, they seem to be pretty -- they have made some gains here recently. and so i mean that's -- i think we can live with that, i think the u.s. military can live with that. i think we have heard that from the current military leaders and i think nato is in a position to run the coalition, drive the coalition and make that happen. >> i mean one of the key things here, and i have just asked that question of the senator is do we really know who these rebels are? there are varying reports of al qaeda presence there, that some of their number actually fought in iraq against americans. are these the kind of people we can trust to be the stable future government of this country that we
the possibility nato could soon take over command operations in libya. we expect secretary of state hillary clinton to address that question at 6:15 eastern time this evening. as for right now, the u.n. security council currently wrapping up a meeting right here in new york a few blocks over focused mainly on that controversial no-fly zone over libya. we do expect to hear from the u.n. secretary general within the next hour. meantime, the director of the military joint staff is expected to talk any minute at the pentagon in d.c. well over at the white house and that town, the president today meeting behind closed doors with his national security team. u.s. officials saying gadhafi forces have been weakened somewhat, but they point out even a strained libyan army. still holds a major advantage over a rag tag group of rebels. our own richard engel in the war zone showing us what these guys are truly up against. >> reporter: outgunned, rebels say they're killed whenever they approach gadhafi's forces. we have light weapons, he has tanks, complain one man. another rebel showed me he isn't actua
with the air strikes, although nato does have control now of the arms embargo and of the no-fly zone. critically those air strikes continue on the ground. i want you to listen to the uk foreign secretary william hague. we just spoke to him in the last hour. >> we all want a cease-fire and really, the start of anything like that is a cease-fire. that's what the u.n. resolution calls for. that's what we're trying to bring about by making air strikes and missile strikes on gadhafi forces who have been attacking or threatening to attack the civilian areas of libya. and so we all want to see that cease-fire. and i think we all want to see gadhafi go. >> reporter: you know what's interesting, they continually say they want to see gadhafi go, yet at the same time we heard from president obama that, look, this is not the aim of this mission. many people are still asking what are you going to be able to do on the ground if it comes to house-to-house fighting in a lot of the cities that we've already seen a lot of interaction between the rebels and the gadhafi forces. monita. >> that's interes
as we look to the future. >> is there evidence that the nato allies and others, the arab countries who are helping, are giving them the air support, the rebels that they would need in a place like ajdabiya? >> reporter: well, initially when we saw those air strikes taking place in ajdabiya, they most definitely cleared the way for the opposition to be able to retake control of this city. we saw on both entrances lines of gadhafi's tanks turned. their turrets had been ripped off and their armor melted to the ground. basically the opposition has been able to push gadhafi's military back because of that air support, but over the last two days we've seen gadhafi's military regrouping, reattacking and turning this into something of a street-to-street bat. yesterday they came across us when they entered one small area that surrounds 60 miles to the east of gadhafi's hometown of sirte. their residents fired on them. they were forced to flee. they say today in bin jawad, not only artillery and tank fire, also a street-to-street battle. this is not something that the opposition is trained for.
of the united states, of the nato countries, what would it be? >> well, the request i will say protecting the civilians from gadhafi until they achieve their goals. we need air protection, and we need the alliance to hit the gadhafi forces with their mobilizing from south to north. countries still under siege for more than four weeks. they cut water, cut electricity. people are suffering in misurata, and they need to be rescued. this is the mission of the international community and the correlation which has been set according to the resolution of the council. >> are the actions that have been taken beginning to turn the tide? is the transitional government and your forces, are they beginning to push gadhafi back? >> of course. of course. we have seen a lot of progress as this strike began last saturday. first of all, the french when they hit the -- gadhafi's forces marching from west to east, jerusalem 40 kilometers from benghazi, then they saved not less than 100,000, 150,000 lives. if he reaches benghazi, the forces he has to destroy the east of libya completely, then today we can see
's troops say they're holding him back. nato takes charge of the air strikes on libya. partial nuclear meltdown is confirmed at the fukushima plant in japan. welcome to "bbc world news." i'm geeta guru-murthy. also in this program -- anna chapman, the woman accused of spying, says she will never confirm she was a russian agent. and can a star of the "harry potter" films cast its spell over broadway? >> there are conflicting reports about whether colonel good after eye's hometown of sirte has fallen into rebel hands. the city was targeted by international air strikes overnight, and the rebels are now claiming victory. but the government denies the city has been taken. some reports from international journalists say the main buildings in the town center are still in government hands. there's no sign of any rebels. in the last few days, a number of communities and important oil installations, including a breaker, have fallen to rebels since they took control. sirte is halfway between the costa long tripoli and benghazi. let's go live to ben brown. >> yeah, we're on the coastal highway tha
. this was released by the british defense ministry. according to a senior nato official, representative of the coalition do not plan to meet in brussels until sunday to discuss ticking on arguably more difficult part of the mission. protecting the civilians. that's in the hands of ham. >> they have capability, aircraft to enforce no-fly zone or conduct air to ground operations. then you will see the u.s. role diminish in the near-term. >> ham said it's not currently arming the rebel. nato fired 16 more tomahawk cruise missiles and flew more than 160 air to destroy the air defense site and protect libyan civilians. >> it will remain in hands until they're ready to consume it. my expectation is it, too, could fall over nato. >> the the new commando is a canadian. charles buschard. even after nato places the entire mission under his command, the canadian general will have two american american commanders above him. sam locklier in naples a admiral the supreme allied commander in europe. >> it's the intent that when the mission is accepted by nato, that the u.s. will contribute unique u.s.
libya? nato and the your opinion are in crisis talks. gaddafi troops have regained control of the boil city. and a new book on the life of jesus christ, written by the pope. >> severajor developments in the libya crisis. reports have come and that gaddafi troops have seized an important city. france has gone it alone, recognizing the rebels transitional national council was the only representative of the libyan people. that is where we begin. >> paris took the diplomatic world by surprise. president nicolas sarkozy held talks with the opposition national council and then announced that france recognizes the organization as the legitimate government. sarkozy favors military action against the gadhafi's regime and he will propose a at an eu leaders summit on friday. none of this was agreed beforehand. the eu has been seeking a united message on libya. >> we are in no doubt that any measures that go beyond targeted sanctions would require a mandate from the united nations. it is also crucial that other states from the region, under the umbrella of the arab league, should be included. both
. >> this week on "inside washington," what is the game plan for libya? >> nato allies have now decided to enforce the no-fly zone over libya. >> president obama catching flak from both sides of the aisle. >> the president exceeded his authority. >> the president is going to inject us into a civil war that will cost billions of dollars. >> the first anniversary of the health-care law. >> it looks even worse than it did then, and that is saying something. be 5'2"e 5'2" -- i may and wearing a yellow suit but i am one tough lady. >> we the people take back our government. >> what is going on at reagan national airport? >> the tower is apparently not manned. captioned by the national captioning institute >> they are not exactly pen pals, but house speaker john boehner wrote a letter to president obama. he has some questions, he said, about the american role in libya, our strategy there, because that the operation, whether gaddafi stays or goes. all of these concerns point to a fundamental question -- what is that the benchmark for success in libya? how you think the presi
this last the nato countries involved now, they're not bursting with cash. you may run into a situation here, a former nato ambassador said, we need the u.s. to come back in because you guys have more money, you have more of this weaponry and pleaps sitting there already paid for. that's probably where the biggest crunch will come. gwen: we'll be watching for all of this. i get the feeling we'll be talking about libya and syria and yemen for the next several weeks. thank you all very much. the conversation ends here, but it continues online. check out the "washington week" webcast extra for more. really good stuff. you can find us at and keep up with daily developments over at the pbs "newshour," on air and online. well see you right here, around the table, next week on "washington week." good night. gwen: down load our weekly podcast and take us with you. it's the "washington week" podcast at "washington week" online at >> funding for "washington week" is provided by -- >> this rock has never stood still. since 1875, we've been there for our clients through good times and
community tries to decide what action to take. >> nato is united. nato is vigilant. nato is ready to act. >> saudi arabia protestors call for a day of range. the government promises tough ability to promote stability. welcome to "bbc news." coming up a little later for you, while the muslim community in the united states has been angered by a congressional committee. why the most expensive musical in broadway history has had its opening postponed for a sixth time. hello. pro-government forces in libya have stepped up their onslaught against the rebels who are said to be fleeing after sustained bombardment. reports say many parts of the town have been destroyed in the heavy fighting of recent days. with the initiative reporting to swing towards the government, colonel gaddafi's son has sworn a full-scale military action to crush the rebellion. now this report. >> the rebels and the news teams following them are easy targets on an open road in the desert. they were falling back. the rebels have gone up and down this road, but the gaddafi forces have more fire power. >> when gaddafi fight w
of this operation are still somewhat ill defined tonight. nato says it plans to take full command, but is still seeking consensus on a military strategy. in a moment we'll hear from the general in charge of u.s. forces there, but first to the ground where rebels are taking their own fight to gadhafi's forces. today nbc's richard engel joined them at the front lines and comes to us now from benghazi. richard, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. today we were actually able to go south and moving through the desert to go behind the rebels' front line and enter the city of ajdabiya and see fighting inside the city itself. through the desert behind the rebels' front line, we follow a secret convoy to bring water and fuel to the people of ajdabiya, a rebel city still partially held by gadhafi's forces. we reach ajdabiya's eastern gate. it's controlled by rebels, and marked by a tattered flag. ajdabiya is mostly deserted, an urban war zone. shops are closed or destroyed. there's no power or running water. just fighting between the revolutionaries and gadhafi's men, says this man. through
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